Communities in Schools - Charlotte-Mecklenburg
            FALL 2011
Molly ShawExecutive Director Message

"I know you know that CIS is making a difference, but I hope you know to what degree." 

That is what Mary Sturge, the principal of Reid Park Elementary, said to me in my first meeting with her. She went on to describe how John Kirkpatrick, the CIS Site Coordinator at Reid Park, has uniquely contributed to  Read More 

Project LIFT HS Team photoCIS joins Project L.I.F.T. to support West Corridor Schools

Project L.I.F.T. ("Leadership and Investment for Transformation"), a community initiative aimed at providing intensive support to help close the achievement gap in the West Charlotte Corridor schools, announced in August it would grant $950,000 of funds raised to date to Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. CIS is the first and only  Read More 

Safe Journey grads_TyhaeraSafe Journey's "STEP Up" Program
Congratulations are in order for two former Safe Journey/APP participants! In May, Torrie Burgess and Tyhaera Sturgis became the first two Safe Journey/APP students receiving support from Safe Journey's "STEP Up" program to graduate from a four-year accredited university. STEP Up - or "Students Together Encouraging Progress" -  Read More

Volunteer Katie Black with studentVolunteer Spotlight:
Katie Black, Druid Hills Academy

Read More about Katie Black and why she volunteers with CIS at
Druid Hills Academy


New Volunteer Orientation - Nov. 10 @ 6pm

Email Angela Yoo for more information.

Get Cool 4 School photo
CIS Students "Get Cool 4 School"!
Belk donates 2,000 uniforms to CIS and A Child's Place

September 9 proved to be an exciting day for students at Montclaire Elementary. Not only had the United Way of Central Carolinas selected Montclaire as the location for its 2011 annual campaign kick-off - which meant lots of special visitors and media camera crews - but Montclaire students  Read More

Wise Words and Lessons Learned

Cidney Holliday_CIS grad 2011An Essay by CIS Graduate Cidney Holliday


August 25th 1998, my mother dropped me off on the front step of Our Lady of Good Counsel Kindergarten classroom. I. Was. Terrified.  So, armed with pigtails and a peanut butter sandwich, I was ready to combat any rug-rat. But, I soon realized that maybe, 5-year-olds weren't that dangerous. And maybe arts and crafts, and nap time, and picture books were indeed the essential parts of life.  Read More 

Dave Edwards headshotWelcome to New CIS Board Members

Dave Edwards of TIAA-CREF will serve as president of the CIS Board of Directors for the 2011-12 year. Edwards, a board member since 2007, has served on the board's Development committee, chaired the Governance committee, and headed the organization's Strategic Plan initiative in 2008-09. CIS also welcomes the following new board members:  Read More 

Click here for a complete roster of the CIS Board of Directors.

What does it take to make a difference? 
Please make a gift today to benefit our students all year long!
Click here to see how little it takes to make a difference and make a donation via our secure online Donation Form. THANK YOU on behalf of the 6,500 students we will serve this year!

Thanks, Ya'll!

Lowcountry on the Green Logo

Many thanks to everyone who supported our Lowcountry on the Green event on September 17, and especially our party hosts and corporate sponsors. Visit our Photo Gallery to view a Slideshow of the evening - everyone clearly had a lowcountry good time!


"Bid for Kids" Online Auction
There are only four items left from our Lowcountry "Bid for Kids" Silent AuctionClick here to see what they are and submit a bid online!  Bidding Deadline is October 18! 

Upcoming Events  

Graduation Summit - October 26, 2011

3:00 - 5:30 pm / Wells Fargo Auditorium at the Knight Theater

Join us for a presentation and panel discussion surrounding dropout prevention and how our community can best support all of our young people to help them stay in school, graduate, and achieve in life. Featuring special guests Dan Cardinali, President of Communities In Schools National, and Dr. Jay Smink with the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network. 

Space is limited. For more information, email Mel Davis or call 704-943-9433. | Empowering Students to Stay in School and Achieve in LifeFind us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter